this was going to get defined, and he went up early. >> maybe a good move politically ripped from the headline as approach, trying to jump right into the news cycle, but i think it's a little dangerous. you don't know how this is going to wind up playing out. now he's inserted himself into a situation that has this uncertainty around it. we'll see how it plays out, but a little bit of a dangerous move. >> anita, would you be on a campaign this early be trying to follow the headlines? this is more of a general election strategy, frankly. >> well, chuck, you know, what you have to look at from tim pawlenty's point of view is he is the issue up there right now in the state of minnesota. it's what the fight is about. it's his shortfall and his bad policies that led to the problems. and both democrats and republicans up there have been talking about that. so in many ways, he doesn't have a lot of choice in terms of trying to define this. >> he had to do this early. >> he's got to define this, absolutely, or he will get defined. we all know what it's like for governors or former governors to have to live with everything that happens in their states.